Immunological and psychological benefits of aromatherapy massage
Kuriyama, H., Watanabe, S., Nakaya, T., Shigemori, I., Kita, M., Yoshida, N., Masaki, D., Tadai, T., Ozasa, K., Fukui, K. and Imanishi, J. (2005). Immunological and Psychological Benefits of Aromatherapy Massage. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, [online] 2(2), pp.179–184. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1142199/ [Accessed 23 Jan. 2020].
Abstract: This preliminary investigation compares peripheral blood cell counts including red blood cells (RBCs), white blood cells (WBCs), neutrophils, peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs), CD4+, CD8+ and CD16+ lymphocytes, CD4+/CD8+ ratio, hematocrit, humoral parameters including serum interferon-γ and interleukin-6, salivary secretory immunoglobulin A (IgA). Psychological measures including the State–Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) questionnaire and the Self-rating Depression Scale (SDS) between recipients (n = 11) of carrier oil massage and aromatherapy massage, which includes sweet almond oil, lavender oil, cypress oil and sweet marjoram oil.